ISLAMABAD  -   Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Wednesday said that Kashmir was now a human catastrophe and India should come out of the state of denial and forget politics and territory and think in terms of humanity.

The minister while tagging a news item from AFP published in Daily Mail London headlined “Death toll hit new peak in Indian Kashmir” said “India must come out of State of DENIAL, Kashmir is now a human catastrophe forget politics and territory think in terms of Humanity “Zulm jab had se berhtha hai tou mit jaata hai”.

The newspaper quoting experts reported that the most deadly year (2018) in a decade has left Indian-controlled Kashmir facing a grim future with pro-freedom groups and the New Delhi government digging in for an even fiercer battle in 2019……Kashmir politicians and independent Indian experts say the presence of over 500,000 troops in the former Himalayan kingdom and an election in India in 2019 leaves little hope for an end to the bloodshed.

The Jammu-Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), a rights group, listed 586 dead in its annual 2018 toll: 267 freedom fighters, 160 civilians - including 31 children - and the rest, state police and Indian armed forces, the newspaper said.

Its list does not include the dozens killed in firing across the unofficial border between the Indian and Pakistani sectors of Kashmir, The Daily Mail reported.

95,265 Kashmiris martyred during last 29 years

Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism martyred 95,265 innocent Kashmiris during the past 29 years.

According to the data issued by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, of those martyred, 7,120 were killed by the troops in custody. As many as 145,504 people were arrested by Indian forces during the period. The troops destroyed 109,201 residential houses and other structures. The Indian forces’ personnel molested and gangraped 11,111 women during the period, KMS reported on Wednesday.

The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, in a statement issued in Srinagar said that India continued with its both physical and psychological onslaught on the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Syed Ali Geelani also condemned the criminal assault by a Hindu mob on the shopkeepers in Indian city of Simla.

Senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement said that anti-movement agencies were using disgruntled elements to carry out uninvited acts to malign the Kashmiris’ ongoing freedom movement. He pointed out that the desecration of historical Jamia Masjid Srinagar by some miscreants on last Friday was a part of the agencies’ plan to change the basic nature and character of the ongoing freedom movement.

Hurriyat leader Zafar Akbar Bhat during his mass contact programmes in Kralpora and Rawalpora areas of Srinagar, on Wednesday, asked for settlement of the Kashmir dispute through talks among all stakeholders.

Meanwhile, Indian police arrested dozens of youth during crackdown operations in different areas of Srinagar and Poonch districts. Indian forces launched a cordon and search operation in Shangus area of Islamabad district, causing immense inconvenience to the local people.